During a Sunday morning panel discussion on the potential political impact of Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer put forth the idea that if the shooter had an Arab name, people would be much more inclined to revamp public policy to address such gun violence, much like how government fundamentally changed its role after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Schieffer’s comment came in response to panel guest James Peterson suggesting that addressing the “proliferation of guns” in America “should be a new front in the ‘War on Terror.'”
“That’s the part I find kind of interesting about this,” Schieffer added. “After 9/11, we turned this culture upside down. We doubled our defense budget.”
But unlike that response to tragedy, Schieffer believes the difference here is the race of the killer: “If this person had — I’m sorry to say this — but if he had had an Arab name, people would be going nuts.”
He concluded: “And yet, we can’t seem to even decide if this a problem we can solve.”
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